Dr Shuan Dai

Dr Shuan Dai specialises in:

  • Adult refractive cataract surgery and intraocular lens implantation surgery, including experience in Multifocal IOL, Astigmatic correction(Toric) IOL, Phakic IOL for higher Myopia & Hyperopia not suitable for laser refractive surgery
  • Adult & Paediatric eye muscle surgery for various squints
  • Nystagmus (Jiggling eyes) surgery
  • Paediatric & Adolescent eye diseases
  • Optic nerve disorders and Neuro-Ophthalmology

About Dr Shuan Dai

Dr. Shuan Dai’s extensive training, experience and expertise covers a wide range of conditions, treatments and procedures. After finishing his Ophthalmology training with a Masters degree in ophthalmology in China, Dr Dai completed a clinical research fellowship in paediatric ophthalmology in the UK in1990.

A volunteer ophthalmic surgeon for international NGOs, Dr Dai worked with the Lebanese government & Palestinian Red Crescent Society hospitals in Lebanon from 1991-95.

He moved to New Zealand in 1995 where he worked as a non-training eye registrar in Palmerston North Hospital until 1998 when he moved to Auckland and completed his ophthalmic specialist training in 2003. Following this he gained extensive expertise in the treatment of Strabismus & Paediatric Ophthalmology and Paediatric Neuro-ophthalmology during his fellowship in Toronto.

Dr Dai actively continues his medical education by teaching and supervising ophthalmology fellows, registrars & PhD students, Optometrists, Trainee Paediatricians and General Practitioners. He teaches internationally on squint surgery, regularly contributes to the British Journal of Ophthalmology & Journal of The American Association of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. Dr Dai is often invited to speak at academic ophthalmology conferences locally and overseas.

His published work includes more than 30 peer-reviewed papers, book reviews and editorials on research areas covering:

  • Sensory and motor outcomes of adult strabismus surgery
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity Telemedicine Screening
  • Prevalence of New Zealand Children with Visual Impairment
  • Optic Nerve Hypoplasia
  • New Amblyopia Treatment with iPod games

Dr Dai speaks English, Mandarin and patient consultation level Arabic. On the weekends, Dr Dai enjoys spending time with his wife Hong, a GP, and their two daughters, at home or on the ski slopes.

Strabismus Surgery:

  • Dr Dai is passionate about making people see and feel better . He has published numerous papers on strabismus surgery and children's eye diseases.
  • Dr Dai volunteers his time and skills in China training ophthalmologists in strabismus and paediatric cataract surgery.
  • Dr Dai is one of the leading experts in adult and child strabismus surgery in New Zealand performing over 200 surgeries yearly in both the private and public sector.

Dr Shuan Dai consults at:

  • Eye Doctors, Ascot Hospital and the Columba Surgical Centre
  • Eye Doctors, Botany Junction

Current Positions and Professional Memberships:

  • Founding Director of Eye Doctors
  • Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Greenlane Clinical Center and Starship Children’s Hospital, Auckland District Health Board
  • Clinical Senior Lecturer University of Auckland
  • Visiting Ophthalmologist for Blind & Low Vision Educational Network New Zealand, Ministry of Education of New Zealand.
  • Fellow of the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
  • Member of the American Association of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Surgeons
  • Member of the Scientific Programme Committee, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
  • Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology
  • New Zealand representative on the International Paediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus Council(IPOSC)
  • Chair of the New Zealand Paediatric Ophthalmology Interest Group
  • Chair of Childhood Visual Impairment Program Worldwide Committee of International Paediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus Council

Overseas Fellowship Training:

  • Fellowship in Strabismus & Paediatric Ophthalmology, The Hospital for Sick Children and Toronto West Hospital, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Fellowship in Paediatric Neuro-Ophthalmology, The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Canada

What our patients think

".... You have given me a gift and I cannot tell you how much it means to me.  Your skill is amazing and it is something I only ever dreamed of." 
- Mrs H, squint patient of Dr Shuan Dai
"......I can see again, and with those magical words I rejoined the human race."
- Mrs W-J, cataract patient of Dr Shuan Dai
"Thank you so much for changing my life and making me look normal."
- Mr L, nystagmus and squint patient of Dr Shuan Dai
".... I have lived all of my life with a lazy eye and a very bad squint. Now in my 50's, this has been rectified. The number of people who can't believe the difference is amazing. My family are overwhelmed with the change in my appearance. I can't stop myself from having a glance in the mirror when I go past one!"
- Mrs B, lazy eye and squint patient of Dr Shuan Dai
"I love going to see Dr. Shuan because he always talks to me when I sit in the big chair. He has cool toys in his room and lollipops too!"
- Jack Larsen, Age 6, patient of Dr Shuan Dai
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